NAACP state conference ‘Steadfast and Immovable’ begins Thursday in Killeen

NAACP state conference ‘Steadfast and Immovable’ begins Thursday in Killeen

By Julie A. Ferraro | Herald staff writer

For the 80th year, branches of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People from across Texas will gather for their state conference.

This year, the conference is being held in Killeen, from Thursday to Saturday.

The Killeen NAACP branch submitted a bid proposal, which included hotel location and conference site information, along with a video of city leaders stating why the conference should be held in Killeen.

“It’s always a big deal to be awarded the state convention,” said TaNeika Driver-Moultrie, committee member for the Killeen NAACP branch.

The conference theme is “Steadfast and Immovable.”

Conference workshops, plenary sessions and luncheons will be held on the Central Texas College campus. The Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive, will be the site of the Texas Heroes Banquet on Saturday, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Derrick Johnson will be the speaker for that event. Johnson is the interim CEO/President of the NAACP.
Johnson was just appointed in July, according to Driver-Moultrie. “It’s very powerful and exciting” having Johnson at the conference, she said.

Derrick Johnson formerly served as vice chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors as well as state president for the Mississippi State Conference NAACP. Born in Detroit, Johnson attended Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss. He then earned his law degree from the South Texas College of Law.

A silent auction during the banquet will benefit the NAACP Texas State Conference and various initiatives, Driver-Moultrie said.

Linda Lydia, NAACP Texas state conference chair, added, “We have some Texas heroes we’re recognizing” at the banquet. Three individuals from across the state will receive the Texas Hero Award, with three others receiving special presidential awards.

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